Monica Serra, PhD is an assistant professor of medicine in the Emory University Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Serra has a broad background in nutrition, obesity, and exercise physiology, with additional training and expertise in gerontology. Her academic interests focus on the clinical application of nutrition and exercise as interdisciplinary sciences in the prevention and treatment of obesity, chronic disease, and disability in older adults. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she investigated physical function, quality of life, and muscle metabolism following exercise training in breast cancer survivors.
Currently, she is funded by a VA career development award to examine the effects of treadmill rehabilitation and nutritional modification on metabolic flexibility in skeletal muscle and systemic oxidative stress in chronic stroke survivors.The long-term goal of her research is to better understand the mechanisms by which lifestyle interventions, such as exercise training and nutritional modification, improve muscle and physical function and reduce metabolic risk in older individuals. In her spare time, Dr. Serra enjoys walking for exercise, traveling, and volunteering with the Junior League.